National Park Brijuni
National park Brijuni is a group of islands found in the archipelago of the historical Istrian Peninsula, located nearby Pula city. Veliki/Great Brijun, Mali Brijun and 12 smaller islands are famous for their natural beauties and interesting historical sites.
Veliki Brijun, a pure picture of untamed nature, the Safari and ethno Parks and the Bird reserve offer you the pleasure of visiting elephants, camels, zebras and numerous other different animals. The Brijuni islands are in the vicinity of Fažana while being only 7 kilometers away from Pula, the main road, railroad, aviation and maritime junction, connected with Brijuni through regular ferry lines i.e. (only a 15 minutes ferry ride away from Pula).
National Park Kornati
National park Kornati encompasses the greater part of the Kornati islands and represent the largest and most dense Mediterranean archipelago. In 1980 Kornati were proclaimed a National Park and put under strict protection. Today the NP occupies around 220 km². Also, towards the open sea there is a special underwater reserve around the small island Purar.
Besides great kayak and glider routes, there are also interesting hiking routes even though the islands are small. The clear and rich sea-bed is stimulating for diving and fishing. The Kornati Cup is extremely attractive for yachtsmen.
National Park Krka
National Park Krka occupies a 45 kilometer long section of the river Krka between Knin and Skradin and the lower course of the river Čikola. An untamed and crystal-clear river Krka, with its 7 extraordinary cascades, flows two thirds of its length through canyons. It also has a very rich flora and fauna with over 200 types of birds. The hydro-electric power plant Jaruga under the cascade Skradinski buk was built in August 28 1895, only three days after the first hydro-electric power plant on the Niagara Falls.
On Visovačka lake, there is the island Visovac with a Franciscan monastery, rich with cultural history and pastoral gardens. The Franciscans will be glad if you pay them a visit!
National Park Mljet
The island Mljet is located approximately 30 kilometers northwest from Dubrovnik. 90% of Mljet is covered in forest, which classifies it into the group of most afforested Mediterranean islands with the greenest surfaces. The two lakes, Malo jezero and Veliko jezero, are connected through a channel; the latter contains a very small island with a Benedictine abbey from the 12th century.
It is possible to paddle towards hidden beaches and sea caves even beyond the borders of the park. But aside from that, also visit peaks with Illyrian fortresses, places of traditional architecture and taverns that offer specialties of the island’s cuisine.
Due to the same term used in the Roman and later Latin scriptures, Mljet was throughout history very often confused with the island Malta. Many historians today are convinced that the today’s two world famous legends about the ship wreck of Homer’s Odysseus, and that of St. Paul happened exactly on Mljet and not on the larger and more famous Malta.
National Park Paklenica
The landscapes of the NP are dominated by canyons of Velika and Mala Paklenica. Hiking through parallel canyons, which are the most attractive natural environments of the Mediterranean, offers untamed nature within reach of Mediterranean beaches.
The NP disposes of more than 400 free climbing routes, all with different degrees of difficulty. The visitors are attracted by numerous, impressive caves.
National Park Plitvička jezera (Plitvice Lakes)
Plitvice Lakes are Croatia’s most famous NP, which was among the first admitted to the UNESCO world heritage list. Magnificent forest landscapes between the mountains Mala Kapela and Plješevica are a system of 16 lakes connected through numerous cascades.
The rainforest of beech and fir tree Čorkova uvala/valley and various different bird species and caves fulfill the magnificent landscape. During the winter season snow and ice cover the mountains, forests, lakes and cascades. There you can find the most attractive biking and hiking tracks in Europe. You can also get a special canoe-ride license.
National Park Risnjak
This mountain massif, located nearby the Slovenian boarder, links the Alps with the Dinarides and encompasses the Great/Veliki Risnjak (1528 m) and Snježnik (1506 m). Vast surfaces are covered by coniferous wood forests, mountain meadows, and lower Alpine and Alpine flora with many endemic species.
Risnjak was named after the lynx that habituate in its woods. The rest of wildlife in this area are bears, wolves, chamois, Alpine deer and wild boar, while the mountain rivers and brooks offer a habitat for trout and other salmonid fish. Risnjak is especially interesting for Alpine biking and mountaineering and the river Krupa for kayaking and canoe.
National Park North Velebit
National Park North Velebit, proclaimed a NP in 1999, is situated in the northern part of the Velebit mountain massif nearby Senj. From the sea side the park is bound by barren rocks over the Velebit canal, and filled by a forest valley from the inside. On Zavižan (1594 m), which is an excellent starting point for hiking and riding tours and also a challenge for experienced Alpine bikers, climbers, paraglide admirers, and cavers, there is a mountain house and a botanical garden. In that area in 1992 Lukina jama/cave was discovered, and until today it represents the deepest cave in Croatia and the deepest in southeast Europe (1392 m).
This rocky area full of phenomena is of course worth a visit. The most renowned mountain track is Premužićeva staza that leads to a reserve named Rožanski kukovi and gives you a delightful look on the sea, islands around the Rab and the strict reserve Hajdučki kukovi.
This nature park, like an imposing rocky massif over the Makarska Riviera, is a challenge for hikers and climbers. The highest peak is St. Jure (1762 m). This nature park is abundant with a rich flora and fauna.
Kopački rit is a zoo and plant reserve adjacent to Osijek, and also one of the largest and most conserved marshes in Europe. The main attribute of this park is the bird fauna.
Lastovsko otočje is a group of larger and smaller islands and cliffs. They are rich with various types of animals and plants; however, a special place in the archipelago is left to the sea and underwater world and its flamboyant biological system.
Lonjsko polje, which is located in Posavina, is one of the grandest and best preserved marshes in Europe. The nature park encompasses forests of common oak, bird and also fish reserves, while at the same time offering a home for numerous storks. On these grounds in 1994 the village Čigoč was pronounced to be the true European village of storks.
Medvednica is a mountain north from the city of Zagreb, and thus, belongs to its hiking area. The park occupies the cave system Veternica, forest reserves, skiing tracks (Sljeme), and an abundance of tracks for hikers and bikers.
Papuk is located in the same mountain range above Požeška valley. There you will find areas of forests with water springs, mountain and biking tracks, but also leisure and relaxation in Velika spa.
The nature park Telašćica is a 7 kilometers long gulf on the southern top of Dugi Otok Island (Long Island). He is at the door of the Kornati islands and very well known as the most favorite yachtsmen stopping place with attractive cliffs towards the open sea and the salty lake Mir.
Nature Park Učka is settled in the mountain massif Učka nearby Rijeka city. The immediate closeness of the sea accelerates the creation of a special kind of climate and flora all the way to the top of the mountains. That is the main factor that generates extremely rich forests of laurel tree, chestnut, oak tree, beech and flower meadows. From the highest peak there is a magnificent view on the islands Cres and Krk, the Velebit, Gorski Kotar, NP Risnjak, the Alps and Venice. This area is especially interesting for mountaineering, alpinism, cycling and rowing.
Velebit is a mountain range with two national parks and represents a climate barrier between the Mediterranean and the mountain climate of the inland. This area of the Mediterranean is also a source of the renowned cold wind - Bura. Velebit includes the shooting sites of Karl May’s films and also symbolizes the favorite destination for climbers, hikers, alpine cyclists and cavers.
Vransko Jezero is the largest lake in Croatia that spans parallel alongside the sea shore which in some places is even less than a kilometer away from the sea. This park is the best place for sport fishing but also attracts canoeists and bird observers.
Žumberak-Samoborsko mountain region is set close to Zagreb and represents a very popular field-trip area. It is covered by densely structured small villages, pre-historic Roman necropolises, forests and mountain meadows that provide an abundance of foot paths, riding and cycling tracks.
Lika – Karlovac
The region Lika – Karlovac connects the Dalmatian coast with the central part of Croatia. Spectacular green areas rise in the hinterland around ten kilometers away from the sea. The Valley of Gacka River and National Park Plitvice, including its 16 lakes, are stunningly beautiful. Four remarkable rivers, Kupa, Dobra, Korana and Mrežnica, confluence in the city of Karlovac, which is worthy to be called as the “City of Four Rivers”. The Velebit mountain provides a grandiose look at the islands Rab and Pag (NP North Velebit).
The Northern part of Pag, which also belongs to this region, fascinates the visitors with its picturesque beauty. Visit Novalja, a rather small city renowned for its noticeable beach Zrće and an attractive night life. This island remains engraved in the memory of most visitors particularly because of exceptional delicacies of the island cuisine, especially the Pag Cheese and Pag Lamb.
Make a trip to Senj, a city on the coast, whose history begins before 3000 years. The memories of the times past are numerous (archeological sites, churches, palaces, monuments and many more). The surrounding dominates with its beautiful and untouched nature, small settlements and hidden bays.
Dalmatia – Zadar
Zadar region is the most northern part of Dalmatia, filled with a rich historical heritage and breathtakingly beautiful nature. In Zadar you will find Dalmatia’s largest examined roman forum, unique Romanic churches, eye-catching and interesting “Sea Organ”, a monument called “The Greeting to the Sun” and many more. Nearby is Nin, the oldest Croatian royal city that boasts the world’s smallest cathedral, only 36 paces long, while being surrounded by sandy beaches, five national parks and three nature parks. Intense adventures, rafting, kayak or canoe, await on either the river Zrmanja or Krupa contrasted by the NP Paklenica that provides possibilities for hiking or climbing.
Parallel alongside the coastline there are more than 200 islands (Pag, Ugljan, Pašman, Dugi otok…) beset with bays, underwater world, olive groves, fishing festivities, donkeys, cycling tracks and many more all waiting for you. The island Pag with its numerous sand and gravel beaches is renowned for its ancient olive groves, the scent of sage, fantastic sheep cheese, the production of salt, lamb meat, white wine and the lace from Pag. The nature park Telašćica and an impressive lighthouse Veli Rat are located on Dugi otok.
Dalmatia - Šibenik
Except Šibenik, a well-known city in this region, there are also other cities: Vodice (a famous touristic center), Skradin, Knin and Drniš. Šibenik is a memorial of Gothic, Renaissance and the Baroque constructions. St. Jacob’s Cathedral and the old city core are enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage list. The spirit of Šibenik is not always materialized; it can also be heard and sensed through the traditional Klapa music.
River Krka and its surrounding landscape give the Šibenik region an extraordinary touristic attraction. Two national parks nearby Šibenik, "Krka" and "Kornati", furnish the touristic offer with additional attractive value. Zlarin is an island of corals where the craft of handmade coral jewelry is kept alive even today. The island Krapanj can give you an experience of hunting and processing of sponges.
In the southern part of the region there are many gravel bays, fisher villages built of stone, surrounded by olive groves, pine trees and vineyards. The hinterland of Primošten gives you a chance to meet the tradition and genuine lifestyle in numerous village households.
Dalmatia - Split
Having a long, rich tradition and cultural history this region is a heaven on earth for a vacation. It encompasses green hinterlands with rivers Cetina (rafting and canoe) and Jadro, kilometers long beaches and numerous strings of islands. In the delta at the mouth of Cetina river at the sea, under a fortress built on an abrupt slope, is the pictorial city Omiš and other settlements of this Riviera, which hold a long tradition of private accommodation.
The Roman emperor Diocletian who ruled over almost the whole world decided in the year 305 in a well protected and calm bay of the fertile Aspalathos (Split) to build his summer residence. The historical city core can be found on the list of UNESCO as well as the city Trogir, only a few kilometers away from Split, which is by all means worth paying a one-day trip. The Kaštela and Trogir districts of the Riviera ever since the times of yore were suitable for building summer villas. Split attracts numerous tourists, city trip enthusiasts contrasted with countless surrounding places where you can spend a calm and relaxing break in private accommodation directly at the sea. This incredible region consists of kilometers of long sandy beaches.
Makarska Riviera (Brela, Baška Voda, Makarska, Tučepi etc.) holds a hundred years long tradition. There you can find an exceptionally great deal of private accommodations set in preserved villas, apartments, houses and family hotels. The islands Brač, Vis, Hvar and many others provide thousands of private apartments and villas. Brač is the largest Dalmatian island; it offers excellent amusement and is the only island with an airport.
Dalmatia - Dubrovnik
Dubrovnik is the most famous representative of Dalmatia heading the list of most beautiful cities of the world. Very well preserved city-walls encircle the city in a length of 1940 meters. The city with its beauty, which gained the title “pearl of Adria” is under protection of UNESCO.
Make the most of your vacation and visit manifestations “Cavtat summer and Župa Dubrovačka” featuring Klapa music, fishermen dinners, concerts and folklore groups: You will be delighted. Fragrant lemons, oranges and tangerines flourish in the Neretva river delta. Wine, with its quality included in the best red wines of the Adriatic, is produced on the slopes of Dingač and Postup on Pelješac.
Pelješac also has a romantic landscape with white beaches, olive groves and cypresses. The entire island Korčula with its archipelago and the islands Hvar, Mljet, Vis and Lastovo can be observed from its highest peak Sv. Ilija (961 m). Visits worth while are also 13 Elafiti Islands: Korčula, the birth place of Marco Polo, and Croatia’s two most southern islands, the islands Lastovo and Mljet.
A blue sea, white stone and green inland are the colors of Croatia’s largest peninsula Istria. This heart-shaped peninsula is a hidden garden of beauty waiting to be discovered. Experience a crystal-clear sea, clean coasts, picturesque fishing boats, uninhabited islands and Mediterranean medieval small towns.
Pula is the largest city with an Arena: an amphitheater from the 1st and 2nd century which could seat twenty thousand people. Nearby is the airport and national park Brijuni.
Other possible destinations and their features are:
Savudrija – lighthouse from 1818
Novigrad – old city walls with a fort from 13th century
Poreč – important historic-cultural monuments
Rovinj – the most romantic place on Mediterranean
Umag - ATP-Tennis Tournament Croatia Open
The inland contains Istria’s thermal springs, various hunting areas, charming small cities and the smallest city of all, Hum. The Motovun forest is rich with truffles: a local gastronomic specialty.
Istria is also a home to many wine cellars that invite one for a pleasant wine tasting time. The last week of May is the “Day of open wine cellars”. In the inland of Istria you are welcome to spend your vacation in old stone housings and villas. This landscape, distinguished with vineyards, olive groves and fields, is continuously developing hunting and rural tourism. Exactly this part of region contains a variety of wine cellars and various cycling tracks.
Kvarner is a valuable visit at any time of the year: in spring islands are lined up the structured coast and the inland is built of rising green mountains, which become snowy white destinations of Gorski Kotar and Lika during winter. The gulf of Kvarner is waiting for visitors that adorn the sparkle of world’s famous holiday places such as: the grandeur of Opatija city, its touristic tradition, beautiful parks and villas, and a 12 kilometers long promenade alongside the sea that already had been attracting the Vienna aristocracy.
Visit Rijeka, a treasury of fantastic tales of history. Also, you will be overwhelmed by Riviera Crkvenice and Novi Vodolski. Additionally, island Krk, which gained the name “Golden Island” is as well in this region. Cres, Lošinj and Rab are further islands belonging to this region and still waiting to be discovered.
Central Croatia is an area between the rivers Mura, Drava and Sava. The region is a blend of long valleys and mild hills that contain numerous vineyards, deciduous forests and medieval fortresses while simultaneously providing various thermal springs, health spas and religious sites.
The cultural heritage is rich with both: countless sacral constructions, museums, galleries and collections and a versatile gastronomic offer that gives you a choice from simple home-made food of the countryside to wild game specialties or old grandma’s recipes from ancient Croatian cookery books.
Slavonia is a fertile ground of the Pannonian valley with expansive, infinite, golden fields. Here, you can visit great wine cellars and taste top quality wines (e.g. Kutjevo, Đakovo) or famous specialties (e.g. Kulen). Visit the nature park Kopački rit, take a walk through deep shades of a hundred years old oak-tree forest or take part in grape or in one of rich Slavonic crop harvests. The lowlands and forest-covered hills Papuk and Bilogora are an ideal field for hunting, and the rivers and fish-ponds are convenient for fishing.
Croatia’s capital city Zagreb is a Central European city with over 900 years of history that the visitors remember after its charm, the core of the city and its hospitality. The city is full of charismatic cafes, attractive restaurants, comfortable garden terraces and especially numerous maintained parks. Multiple theaters, museums and concert halls and recreation centers give quite enticing reasons for visiting Zagreb.